Evan Turner hit a game-winning jumper in the lane with 3.9 seconds left in overtime, capping off a 26-point night and leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The game was a defensive battle, Boston shooting 43% and the 76ers even worse at 37%. The fourth quarter proved dramatic, as Boston entered the frame with a two-point lead, and neither team pulling ahead by more than four. Philadelphia held a late lead, but Kevin Garnett's jumper with seven seconds remaining tied the game. The 76ers didn't even get a chance at a game winner, as Turner was trapped in the corner and threw the ball away.
The teams traded buckets in overtime, with Jeff Green's three-pointer giving Boston a one-point lead. However, Turner would find an opening from 13 feet with three seconds left, nailing the jumper to put Philadelphia ahead. Boston would get an opportunity at the buzzer, but Rajon Rondo slipped as he shot, and the attempt failed to draw iron.
Turner scored a season high 26 and pulled down 10 rebounds for the 76ers. Thaddeus Young added a double-double of his own with 17 and 12. They were followed by Jrue Holiday (15), Jason Richardson (13), and Spencer Hawes (10).
Rondo notched a triple-double for Boston, with 16 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 26 points, followed by Jeff Green (19) and Garnett (17).
Philadelphia improves to 11-8 with the win, while Boston falls to 10-9. The two teams will play again Saturday night in Boston.